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Book Review: A Beautiful Mourning by Theresa Dalayne!

A Beautiful Mourning is a part of Lore, an anthology of myths and legends retold. The book itself consists of six stories by six amazing authors. This is the review of one of those stories: A Beautiful Mourning by Theresa Dalayne.

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Summary of A Beautiful Mourning

LoreThe Ancient Maya civilization is often viewed in modern society as bloodthirsty and cruel. But hidden beneath their common practices of human sacrifice and bloodletting, secret gems of love and altruism can be found.

A Beautiful Mourning is just that—the tale of two middleworld (earth) deities who give up everything for love. The flower goddess, Ishel, (also known as Xochiquetzal) and the sun god, Kinich, take center stage in this prequel to determining the fate of all mortals.

My review

This is the story of a Maya goddess torn between duty and love, and the ultimate sacrifice she must make to achieve true happiness. The protagonists in this Mayan mythology are Ishel, the goddess of flowers and Kinich, the sun god. Their love is sweet. But Ishel is betrothed to Nacon, the god of War. This story revolves around how Ishel and Kinich fight to be together because Ishel’s father has given his word to Nacon that he will give his daughter to him. Kinich has a kind of respect for humans that is really admirable. He always looks to them for being inspired, for fighting to get true love.

Though Nacon is fierce and short tempered, his love for Ishel is heartfelt. I actually felt bad that he can’t have Ishel!. He is not exactly a villain though he does fight Kinich for Ishel’s hand. I liked him a lot. The way his voice changes to softness and his touch becomes silk with Ishel is so conspicuous.

There are some very touching scenes in this story. Two of them moved me to tears, one which showed how a brother helps a sister in testing times and the other the love between Ishel and her father towards the end of the story. It might seem vague and I am sorry I am not elaborating on it. This story is really short (13,000 words) and any extra detail becomes a spoiler!

I give 5 stars to this amazing story by Theresa!.

Favorite line from the story

You believe my heart to be black.” He lowered his tone even more and pulled me closer to him. “That was true until the day I first saw you.

Nacon speaking to Ishel. These words really highlight his feelings for him and thus it’s my favorite line in this story.

Source : An ebook copy of Lore was provided to me by Theresa Dalayne. All opinions are 100% my own.

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Love,
Naz 🙂

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Book Review: The Thirteenth by G.L Twynham

Hello all!

Today I wish to review the book called The Thirteenth by G.L.Twynham. More about the author first..

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G.L Twynham was born in Wellingborough, in 1972. She wrote short stories and poetry from an early age but her real passion for writing didn’t truly emerge until she was 31. She is also a self-published author.

Summary of the book

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Tagline: A girl, a number, a destiny…

Imagine starting at the end and finishing back at the beginning. This is the story of a teenage girl called Valerie Saunders who is about to be thrown through time and space. Being bestowed with abilities beyond her wildest nightmares, she discovers that she not only has to deal with turning eighteen, her first job and an unwanted tattoo, but also magical powers and intense urges to fall in love. She envisaged she would spend her life blending into the scenery, not blowing it up! Val has a calling, but which side is dialing her number?

My Review

This teen sci-fy fantasy paranormal book, which is the first of a trilogy, is all about an 18 year old girl, named Val Saunders, who thinks she is a normal teenager but soon gets to know better!. The beginning of the book plunged me right into an action paced scene. It had me interested straight away. Then on, strange things start happening to Val and somehow, the way it was portrayed, I felt it to be weak. There are a total of 13 chapters and though each chapter is cramped with fast paced happenings of Val’s strange life with her new – found super powers (I don’t want to disclose too much), I didn’t find it gripping enough.

Val is very trusting of total strangers, which I really couldn’t deal with. How can you just trust a person you met just yesterday and discuss your most intimate things, which you have been hiding from your parents??. She forms relationships just like that and also gives up her feelings (which are portrayed as intense) just as fast!. How can one move on like that??. Also Val seemed to adjust to her new life quite quickly. Too quickly actually!.

Even in very serious situations, Val seemed to kid around. Probably, the author wanted to make the situation a bit light, but certain dialogues were simply cheesy. Also, some situations were conveniently placed in the book at such timings that it was pretty predictable. Some of the adventures that Val has were predictable too. You know how you watch a movie and you have an inbuilt feeling that the hero will eventually come out victorious. That’s exactly what happened. She just kept on winning the obstacles thrown at her, at such a level of ease, that it actually bored me. At times, I felt that the plot was slacking simply because this book is guided more towards teenagers than adults. I actually even began to doubt the author’s writing skills at this point.

There were some grammatical/typo errors in the Kindle version I received which annoyed me. If I had to stop in between, I didn’t find myself rushing back to find out what happened next. But I read on any way, for the sole reason of finding out why all this was happening to Val. Then I dragged myself to the 7th chapter and things started picking itself up!. The things happening with Val seemed more and more tougher to deal with, which interested me and gripped me. The author introduced such twists that I just didn’t see it coming and had me on the edge of my seat. I couldn’t imagine what came next and that had me wanting for more!.

Though there were certain cheesy moments like I mentioned before, there were also metaphors and other funny things said by the author which really made me laugh. Here is an example (from location 2692 of 5018 on Kindle):

Unexpectedly, the plane lurched to one side and Val felt her heart jump into her throat as she grabbed the edge of the nearest seat. “If we were supposed to fly I’m sure we would have wings,” Val hissed under her breath. (as you can imagine, Val HATES planes and flying).

The ending is definitely a surprising, shocking yet intriguing one. I am sure the second book in the series is just as interesting!. I give this book a 4/5 which by Goodreads standards mean I really liked it!

I am just wishing that the whole book had that gripping effect and Val had a stronger personality because that would have earned a straight 5/5 from me. The author really made up for the lackluster initial chapters and earned respect from me, in the last chapters. The whole concept of the book is attractive by the way, something am sure no other author would have thought of.

Links to this book

On Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/The-Thirteenth-G-L-Twynham/dp/1907211136/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1361092852&sr=8-2&keywords=The+Thirteenth

On Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/13803884-the-thirteenth

How I received a copy!

An e-book competition was held by Swank Savings, where 20 Kindle copies of the Thirteenth was given away. I was one of the winners.

Love,

Naz 🙂

Book Review : The Stone Guardian by Theresa McClinton

Hello all!

Today I am reviewing a YA (Young Adult) fantasy/paranormal romance book by Theresa McClinton. First let me introduce the author to you:

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Theresa McClinton was born in California in the fall of 1985. She started her writing career as a journalism intern. However, it only took one semester for her passion for journalism to shrivel and die. On the final day of her internship, she decided to go rogue!. Yes, she would start writing novels. She felt it would be great to be a YA urban fantasy writer, considering the fact that it’s a growing genre, with lots of potential and plenty of room for her imagination to go wild. Since then, Theresa has gotten married, had three terrific kids and moved to central Ohio.

She also loves to travel. She has ventured to over a dozen countries in the Middle East and Europe, and have used all she has seen and experienced as inspiration for her stories!

The Stone Guardian, published on December 14th 2012, is her debut novel. It is a part of a trilogy.

Summary of the book

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Tagline: When myth becomes reality, reality becomes a nightmare.

Like any other teenager in America, Ashley just wants a normal life. But growing up in an orphanage for the insane is anything but normal. After endless therapy and increasing medication, her nightmares have only gotten worse.

Probably because they’re not nightmares.

When Ashley is mysteriously abducted, she finds a reality even less normal than the orphanage. And she discovers something else—she’s no ordinary orphan. Faced with enemies thought to only exist in fairy tales, Ashley discovers she possesses a powerful Maya bloodline. She’s the daughter of an ancient Maya Guardian, whose duty is to protect the Stone of Muuk’ich, an enchanted relic blessed by the gods. But first she must get it back from Sarian, a power-hungry demigod who slaughtered the last guardian—Ashley’s mother. Without the stone, all will be lost.

When she meets Arwan, a hot Belizean time bender, his delicious olive skin and dark eyes make her feel a little less alone. But his gentle whispers and reassuring touch might not be all they seem. How can she balance love and duty when it’s up to her to prevent the rising of the underworld? Especially when the guy she loves might be its crown prince…

Click here to watch the book trailer on Youtube.

My Review

First of all let me tell you this. The cover of this book is simply beautiful!. It is done by Mina Carter who definitely did breathe life and imagery into this story (in the words of the author herself). Though it’s against rules, I do judge books by their cover. If I were to see this book on a shelf, I would without doubt find myself reaching for it.

I started out reading this book with some dedicated words from the author to her family and supporters. It was such a sweet dedication particularly with words like ‘my parents who celebrated my success with dancing in my kitchen’.. How sweet is that!

‘A Word from the Author’ gave further insight into the story lying ahead of me. Theresa has definitely done her homework with all the great research she has done. I love well researched books and this was definitely a plus.

Onto the story itself. I loved how Theresa set a nice start to the story. It’s very easy going. She doesn’t plummet us straight into the story. Instead, she first sets the stage very well and then leads us on, without it being too fast or too slow. I was really surprised at how beautifully she writes. She doesn’t try too hard to come across as fantastic, considering the fact that this is her debut novel. She just expresses everything just as she is. That’s the best part. I have acquainted with her over emails and her way of writing is the same. Its easy going and simple.

There is one part where the protagonist who is a girl called Ashley, prevents the onset of a panic attack by thinking of Beethoven’s violin concert, with the music playing in her head and her fingers caressing the imaginary strings of her violin. It’s all described very beautifully and it’s at moments such as this, you really connect with the characters of the story. I love the way she describes the hero of the book, Arwan, to be a hot and muscular guy but someone who is sensitive enough to take care, be beside Ashley and give her his support any time. He is romantic and caring. Throw in all the good looks and you got a charmer!

The plot is very interesting and is definitely a can’t-put-down kind. I had to tear myself away from the book at times, so that I can get back to the chores I had waiting to be done at home!. I loved the pace at which the story went because there was never a dull moment. I absolutely love this book and when the end came, I was really disappointed, because it left me wanting for more!!. Theresa has such a fertile imagination. I love how she describes certain scenes and the way she writes it, you get transported right into that place. That is a quality of an amazing writer. Not everyone has that power!. I am really looking forward to the future two parts of this trilogy.

This book has all potential to take over the world by it’s charm just like how J.K. Rowling took over with her Harry Potter series. Theresa, one request, please work faster on the sequels to this book!

Being my first time with the YA genre, it was a pleasure reading this book. I have always been an avid reader of anything from Thriller and Suspense genre. However, this book could well be my start to reading YA novels from now on. I highly recommend this book to everyone. Being 378 pages and an irresistible one, this definitely is a QUICK read.

All in all, I give the book 5/5 which by Goodreads standards mean that ‘it was amazing’.

Links to this book :

On Goodreads : http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/16281792-the-stone-guardian

On B & N : http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-stone-guardian-theresa-mcclinton/1113957705

On Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Guardian-Legacy-ebook/dp/B00ANVCYYQ/ref=la_B00AO7HM46_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1355796547&sr=1-1

How I received a copy!

An e-book copy of The Stone Guardian was given to me by the author herself. I had become acquainted with her after my friend, Monica from www.gongjumonica.wordpress.com, had done a Book Blitz and an interview with the author and review of this book on her blog. The book was not explicitly given to me for the purpose of reviewing. However, it would be a shame if I don’t review something as amazing as this one!. Please note that all opinions are 100% my own and the fact that I have acquainted with the author doesn’t change anything at all, other than giving me bragging rights!.

Love,

Naz

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